Pakistan’s Sovereignty top agenda of Nawaz Sharif
By DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL
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Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, formally elected by parliament on 05th June, again called for an end to US drone terrorism inside Pakistan which the world views as a breach of Pakistan’s sovereignty.
Sharif’s focus on Pakistan’s sovereignty is not shift in his thinking. During the campaign, he sometimes lashed out at the U.S. and its policy of using drones to kill Pakistani Muslims in the tribal areas of Pakistan. Speaking to parliament after being elected, he once again called for an end to the drone policy. “This daily routine of drone attacks, this chapter shall now be closed,” Sharif said to widespread applause. “We do respect others’ sovereignty. It is mandatory on others that they respect our sovereignty.” But he gave few details on how he might end the strikes. Sharif has also said that he would like good relations with the U.S. and in his speech noted the need to pay attention to the concerns of “other countries.”
But for many anti-Islam Pakistanis who voice only US concerns however say the drones are secondary to the issues that will define Sharif’s tenure in office: the economy and electricity. They in a way join the global anti-Islam forces vowed to reduce Muslim populations worldwide.
Many in Pakistan as well as outside say the strikes kill large numbers of innocent civilians — something the US denies — and end up breeding more extremism by those seeking retribution.
The CIA-Pentagon duo uses drone terror techniques to terrorize even rural populations but they say the drone program is vital to battling al-Qaida and other insurgents who use the tribal areas of Pakistan as a safe haven.
Many US analysts seem to consider Pakistan as a part of US Empire and any demand for sovereignty is anti-American. Hence they say such anti-American sentiment may mellow or take a backseat to more pressing economic concerns in Sharif’s administration. Neocons want to use the old trick of aid to bully the new Sharif administration. They claim Pakistan cannot survive without US money and will require American support for the likely economic bailout it will need from the International Monetary Fund, and the two sides both have an interest in finding a peaceful solution to the war in neighbouring Afghanistan.
Nawaz also vowed to improve Pakistan’s limping economy and it was a nod to the voters who elected a man viewed as a pro-business conservative to tackle problems including a fiscal meltdown, power outages and spill over from the war in neighbouring Afghanistan. Over the last five years of the previous administration, power outages — some as long as 20 hours — have plagued the country. People suffer through sweltering summers, and in recent years gas shortages in the winter have left people unable to heat their houses. Companies struggle to find a way to run businesses without a reliable source of electricity.
Sharif, whose party won the May 11 nationwide elections, was formally chosen by parliament and sworn in by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari who has since announced his decision not seek re-election to presidency. In a speech long on rhetoric but short on specifics, Sharif vowed to address the myriad of problems facing the country of 180 million people, including unemployment, electricity blackouts, inflation, corruption, a disillusioned youth and extremism and lawlessness. “I will do my best to change the fate of the people and Pakistan,” he said.
Sharif is the first Pakistani leader to serve three terms. He was elected prime minister in 1990 and again in 1997. He then was ousted by a military coup in 1999, spent nearly eight years in exile, then five years in opposition before returning to power. As he stepped into the prime minister’s job for the third time, Nawaz Sharif vowed to end American drone strikes. This assures the common Pakistanis of future security from foreign attackers.
Sharif noted the historic nature of ceremony. His assumption of office marks the first time a democratically elected government has handed over power to another in the country’s 65-year history. “Now it should be decided forever that Pakistan’s survival, protection, sovereignty, progress, prosperity and respect in the international community depends upon strengthening democracy in Pakistan,” he said. They have a very strong mandate,” said Werner Liepach, country director in Pakistan for the Asian Development Bank.
Ousted in a bloodless military coup in 1999, Sharif won enough seats in the May 11 general elections for his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party to operate without a coalition. Sharif’s party has a 176-seat majority in the 342-member house and a strong platform from which to address the country’s economic problems. Sharif, who comes from a Pakistani business family that made its wealth in the steel industry, has widespread business support.
His government faces a range of challenges including US drone attacks and illegal occupation of the nation that causes increased militancy, sectarian violence, chronic power shortages, a near-collapsed economy, strained relations with key ally Washington and the task of building ties with arch rival India.
Washington has a long-standing alliance with the nuclear-armed country of 180 million, but ties have already been strained by concerns that Islamabad is supporting militants fighting U.S. troops across the border in Afghanistan. A U.S. drone strike killed the No. 2 of the Pakistani Taliban in the North Waziristan region last week in the first such attack since the election in which the use of the unmanned aircraft was a major issue. It was also the first reported U.S. drone strike since President Barack Obama announced that the United States was scaling back its drone program.
Concerns over Pakistani sovereignty peaked in May 2011 when Osama bin Laden was found and reportedly killed in a town not far from Islamabad in a secretive operation by U.S. Navy SEALS. Obama also takes it US prerogative to kill any number of Pakistanis as they want. “This daily business of drones has to stop immediately,” he told parliament. “Other countries must respect our sovereignty and address our concerns.”
Americans have almost destroyed its major NATO ally Pakistan, killed thousands of Pakistanis as rewards for helping anti-Islam invaders from the NATO rogue states. Rates of unemployment and deaths in Pakistan only match the rising prices and number of poor both urban and rural.
Sharif and his team of advisers have been meeting continuously with officials from the country’s power-related industries and interim government officials from affected ministries to map out a strategy. One thing going in Sharif’s favor is his strong mandate. The previous Pakistan People’s Party government kept their fragile coalition together for five years but had to constantly make concessions to smaller partners.
Political maturity and personal experience as Pakistani premier twice, Sharif has now taken administration rather seriously In what is being seen as a way to directly decide the Pakistan’s new foreign policy and to get grips with the army in the early days of his tenure, Sharif has decided to take on foreign and defense portfolios himself.
Perhaps Sharif’s second biggest challenge, after ousting the US terror syndicates out of Pakistan, will be managing his government’s relationship with the all-powerful army, which has ruled Pakistan for more than half its history since independence from Britain in 1947.
During the years of occupation of Pakistan following the Sept-11 hoax and attack on Islamizing Afghanistan through Pakistan, the CIA could easily have generated huge chunks of agents’ networks in this Islamic nation only to destabilize the country at a short notice from Washington. These networks including officials, politicians, media lords and even military-intelligence wings- both inside and outside Pakistan are ever ready to serve the US concerns. For them the American interests are supreme and care little about the fate of Pakistan.
Pakistanis have suffered more than enough.
Nawaz Sharif world focus on Pakistani sovereignty quite sincerely so that the nation could re-emerge as a strong Islamic nation with a strong Islamic message – a state without corruption, anti-Islam agendas or foreign occupations.
Popular mandate is meant exactly for that. Freedom and sovereignty are basic to modern states- more important than electricity for industries. .
د. عبد راف
Anti-Islamic forces are harming genuine interests of ordinary Muslims. Global media today, even in Muslim nations, are controlled by anti-Islam rogue agencies. Terrorism is caused by anti-Islamic forces. Fake democracies have zero-tolerance to any criticism of their anti-Muslim and other aggressive practices. Anti-Muslimism and anti-Islamism are more dangerous than “terrorism”